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WBB Game Day Central: Richmond
7:06 p.m. vs. Richmond
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Liberty (2-5) will return home from its longest road trip of the season to host Commonwealth foe Richmond (3-4), Tuesday evening. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. inside the Vines Center for the 24th all-time meeting between the Lady Flames and the Spiders.
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1) Richmond has dominated the all-time series against Liberty, 20-3. However, the Lady Flames were victorious in their most recent home meeting with the Spiders, recording a 45-38 triumph on Jan. 5, 2008.
2) Both teams have bounced back from slow starts to the 2013-14 season. Liberty has won two of its last three games following an 0-4 beginning. Meanwhile, Richmond was 1-4 before recording consecutive road wins over Virginia Tech and Longwood in its last two outings.
3) Liberty is 0-2 at home to start the season and is looking to avoid its first three-game home losing streak since the 1995-96 campaign. Meanwhile, Richmond has played well on the road this season, going 3-2 away from the Robins Center. The Spiders have recorded road victories over ACC opponents Miami and Virginia Tech within the season's opening month.
4) Tuesday's contest will mark Liberty's final tuneup for the start of Big South Conference play. The Lady Flames will tip off defense of their conference title Saturday at 2 p.m. with a home game against Radford.
5) Liberty's Ashley Rininger will look to continue her fast start to her redshirt sophomore season. She has notched five double-doubles in her first seven games, highlighted by a career-high 29-point, 11-rebound outburst against Savannah State on Saturday.
Liberty vs. Richmond At a Glance
Series Record: Richmond leads, 20-3.
Current Streak: Richmond won the most recent meeting.
Series Record at Liberty: Richmond leads, 9-2.
Current Streak at Liberty: Liberty won the most recent meeting.
Last Meeting Overall: Richmond 66, Liberty 54 (Dec. 20, 2011 at Richmond)
Last Meeting at Liberty: Liberty 45, Richmond 38 (Jan. 5, 2008)
Liberty's Last Series Victory: Liberty 45, Richmond 38 (Jan. 5, 2008 at Liberty)
Richmond's Last Victory at Liberty: Richmond 65, Liberty 45 (Nov. 22, 2004)
Liberty Head Coach: Carey Green
Overall Record (Seasons): 339-115 (15th Season)
Record at Liberty (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Richmond: 2-6
Richmond Head Coach: Michael Shafer
Overall Record (Seasons): 144-115 (Ninth Season)
Record at Richmond (Seasons): Same
Record vs. Liberty: 1-1
Notes and Anecdotes
• Liberty has won only three of its 23 all-time meetings with Richmond, but the Lady Flames posted a 45-38 victory the last time the Spiders visited the Vines Center, on Jan. 5, 2008. Megan Frazee led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds.
• During the teams' last meeting (on Dec. 20, 2011 at Richmond), Liberty cut a 21-point deficit to six but fell short, 66-54. Abby Oliver paced the Spiders with 23 points. Jasmine Gardner, Catherine Kearney, Reagan Miller and Ellee Rollins were the only current Lady Flames to play in that game.
• Both Liberty and Richmond have rebounded from slow starts to the 2013-14 season. The Lady Flames have won two of their last three games after beginning 0-4. Meanwhile, the Spiders have won back-to-back road games following a 1-4 start.
• Liberty and Richmond have one opponent in common so far this season, James Madison. The Lady Flames dropped a 67-56 home decision to the Dukes on Nov. 12, nine days before JMU recorded a 78-68 triumph at Richmond.
• Liberty is 0-1 against Atlantic 10 opposition in 2013-14, suffering a 77-65 loss at Saint Joseph's on Nov. 23. Richmond is 1-0 against the Big South after defeating Longwood by a 77-71 count in Farmville on Saturday.
• Richmond has defeated ACC foes Miami and Virginia Tech on the road this season.
Competing Against the Commonwealth
• Liberty is 0-2 against in-state opponents this season, after dropping a 67-56 home decision to James Madison on Nov. 12 and a 61-60 home tilt to Virginia on Nov. 19.
• All three of the Lady Flames' non-conference regular-season home games in 2013-14 pit Liberty versus Commonwealth foes.
• Liberty went 8-0 against Virginia squads last season and had won 10 consecutive games versus in-state opponents prior to this season.
Liberty trailed Savannah State by 21 points (44-23) with 4:27 left in the first half, prior to a remarkable comeback by the Lady Flames.
• The Lady Flames outscored the Lady Tigers, 61-27, over the next 22:22, propelling them to an 89-79 win.
• Ashley Rininger led the way, scoring 17 of her career-high 29 points during the second half, including a layup with 6:19 left that put Liberty in front for good.
Liberty is fresh off of its longest road trip of the 2013-14 season, as the Lady Flames left campus on Nov. 22 and did not return until Nov. 30. During that time, Liberty played four first-time opponents in eight days, including Saint Joseph's (Nov. 23), Kutztown (Nov. 25), Fresno State (Nov. 29) and Savannah State (Nov. 30). The Lady Flames also did some sightseeing in Philadelphia and New York City and visited Catherine Kearney's hometown of Monroeville, N.J.
Feasting at the Foul Line
Liberty is shooting 76.5 percent from the free throw line to start the season. The Lady Flames' program record for free throw percentage is 72.8 percent, set in 2007-08.
A Look Back at Liberty's 89-79 Win Over Savannah State
• Liberty won the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic consolation game in improbable fashion, Saturday afternoon at Walsh Gymnasium. The Lady Flames erased a 21-point deficit to defeat Savannah State, 89-79.
• The Lady Flames trailed 44-23 with 4:27 left in the first half and 52-35 at the intermission before rallying.
• Liberty played a stellar second half, doubling up Savannah State, 54-27. During the half, the Lady Flames won the battle of the boards, 24-10, shot 62.2 percent (23-of-37) from the field and committed only three of their season-low 15 turnovers.
• The Lady Flames finished the game with season-high figures for field goal percentage (53.0), three-point field goal percentage (45.5) and free throw percentage (87.5).
• Liberty outrebounded its fifth consecutive opponent, 42-24, while racking up 54 points in the paint and 20 second-chance points.
• Ashley Rininger, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the comeback with 17 of her career-high 29 points during the second half. She also led all players in rebounds (11) and blocked shots (3) on her way to her fifth double-double of the season. Rininger's layup with 6:19 left gave Liberty a lead it would never relinquish at 71-69.
• Emily Frazier tied her career high with 16 points and pulled down a career-best seven rebounds.
• Katelyn Adams, who returned to the starting lineup, added a dozen points and 12 rebounds.
• Sadalia Ellis dished out a career-high eight assists while committing just one turnover.
• Celebrating her 19th birthday, Mickayla Sanders scored all nine of her points after halftime.
• Reagan Miller moved into a tie with Genie Stinnett for 10th place in program history by making her 95th career three-pointer.
• Liberty's five sophomores (Katelyn Adams, Sadalia Ellis, Jaymee Fisher-Davis, Catherine Kearney and Ashley Rininger) are playing a key role for the Lady Flames during the early stages of the 2013-14 season.
• The sophomores are scoring 60.3 percent of Liberty's points thus far, averaging 40 points per game.
• The duo of Ashley Rininger and Sadalia Ellis is leading the way, as both players have improved significantly upon their numbers from 2012-13. Rininger is averaging a team-high 16.7 ppg this season, after scoring 6.9 ppg a year ago. Meanwhile, Ellis is posting 9.3 ppg, after averaging 3.4 ppg with a season-high of 10 points as a freshman.
• Liberty set a program single-season record by making 173 three-pointers during the 2012-13 season, averaging 5.1 made triples per game. The Lady Flames are off to a fast start from behind the arc again in 2013-14, averaging 5.1 three-pointers made per contest.
• Freshman Mickayla Sanders is leading the way, shooting 12-of-32 (37.5 percent) from behind the arc during the first seven games of her collegiate career. Sanders is the first Lady Flame since Kristal Tharp in 2004-05 to make a dozen or more triples during the first seven games of the season.
The Container is Half Full
The Lady Flames are 1-0 this season and 94-1 under head coach Carey Green when making at least 50 percent of their field goals.
The Container is Half Empty
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, only seven teams have shot 50 percent against Liberty in 205 games, including none so far this season. By way of comparison, the Lady Flames have shot 50 percent 55 times during that span.